"An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head."
Local Sports Councils play a very important role in local communities providing an independent voice for local sports clubs, regardless of size or sport.
This is especially important for small clubs or minority sports but can be equally beneficial to large and even professional clubs - collectively, as the Local Sports Council, clubs represent a significant proportion of the local community. This makes Local Sports Councils well positioned in the community for raising important local sporting issues with their local authority and locally elected members. It is for this reason that Local Sports Councils are required - to respond to local needs, with the its national body providing support to ensure it is well equipped to meet those needs.
While this element of work is a crucial aspect of what Local Sports Councils do, this work is nonetheless reactive. It is equally important that Local Sports Councils are seen to be proactive - supporting its member clubs, being visible in the local community and playing their part in encouraging people to get physically active. This can include distributing funds to clubs, holding events, facilitating workshops, acting as the quality checking agency for local sports clubs and developing links with Active Schools to create pathways from schools to clubs. However, Local Sports Councils are limited by their human and financial resources. It is for this reason that SALSC promotes partnership working between Local Sports Councils and local authorities to ensure its members are adequately supported to best serve the local sporting community.
Ultimately, there is no hard and fast definition of what a Local Sports Council should and should not do because each community has its own needs but it is the job of Local Sports Councils to react and meet those needs if they are to be effective and add value to their local sporting community.